Health spotlight: Supercharging your brain

Did you know that some people seem to have no trouble at all staying focused, organized and making good decisions while handling many tasks? It’s all thanks to their “executive function” skills! Think of executive function as the CEO of your brain. It helps you plan, predict outcomes and control impulses.

Executive function helps you control different brain parts, just like a conductor leading an orchestra. It’s essential for tasks like planning, predicting and making choices.

There are ways to boost or supercharge your executive function, and one is through “neuroplasticity.” That means your brain can reorganize its pathways and connections to improve performance!

So, how can you improve your executive function?

Tip 1: Try new activities — Look for new activities, like learning a skill or playing brain games. This helps your brain create new pathways and connections, making it smarter.

Tip 2: Have fun with play — Playing isn’t just for kids! It helps your brain learn and try different things. So, engage in hobbies, be creative or play games with friends.

Tip 3: Relax and focus Mindfulness and meditation can help you stay focused and make better decisions. Take a few minutes each day to relax and clear your mind.

Tip 4: Get enough sleep: Sleep is vital for your brain to work well. Make sure you get enough good sleep to help your brain do its best.

Embracing activities that promote neuroplasticity, incorporating play into your routine, practicing mindfulness and prioritizing quality sleep can enhance your executive function skills and unleash the full potential of your brain. Remember, small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Have you tried any of these techniques? How have they worked? Share them with the Shop Talk blog community!

Did you know: Mindfulness at school

A University of California, Davis, study of mindfulness and children found that just four hours of mindfulness activities helped kids pay better attention, improved their self control and ability to show care for others. Other research shows that mindfulness can reduce symptoms of depression. [Source]